July 2008

8 articles in July 2008

There are a lot of inspiring things out there that catch our fancy, many of which serve as inspiration later on in our letterpress designs. This will be the first installment of Takem, Monday since there are just somethings that are worth taking for our own!  On to the eye candy: on the left is the pompom queen, who has already made the blog rounds but that I LOVE, WhichGoose. The next is Chanel Couture for Fall, and on the right is this gorgeous bag (bringing back fond memories of mod dingbats) by Mishidesign featured this morning on Etsy. 

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Just wanted to give a shout out to ElizabetAnneDesigns.com for including us in their vendor line-up for stationers. Super ecstatic barely skims the surface when it comes to the excitement around here and the website has already gone gang-busters from the referrals. To fill you in, ElizabethAnneDesigns is a website that blogs on the wedding industry and is a great place to glean information on your impending stresses of planning a wedding. Seeing that one of these girls is in the process of doing her own wedding, they both have dove in to try to get a piece of the wedding blogger pie. EAD recently launched what they call the EAD Library which consists of top vendors organized by category with the option for client referrals and recommendations from previous brides. It’s a genius idea, I only wish I had thought of it. Great …

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After months of paper and orders coming and going from our studio, we finally decided to gut and put it back together. This is the first time in about a year I’ve permitted my 3 year old on the premises, and the virgin tour for my 18 month old. The following ensued: “Mom” what? “What’s deeze things called?” furniture “Burniture? Whats it used for?” it’s used to lock up the form on the press so the letters don’t move when I print “Is that press that big old honkin thingy you work on?” yes, it’s called a letterpress “Can I go to work on a letterpress when I’m big like daddy?” Sure! That would be FUN! “Okay…but mom? Evelyn’s messin up the burniture. She doesn’t know how to put them back in the right spots.” that’s okay, she’s just a baby. “Well, …

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I live in a western town. The last thing I imagined my self EVER wanting was a large belt buckle – or really any belt buckle for that matter. And then I saw this Multi-Font Belt Buckle by Foundry Wear on my favorite online marketplace Etsy. I say, bring on the heavy metal belt buckle, with the metal type, and beautiful machinery. I’m a converted cowgirl, Giddyup!

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It’s that time of year where I start thinking of the snow again, even though it just stopped snowing about 5 weeks ago around here. Never the less it’s that buying time for the winter season – so – here is a preview of some lovely soot that’s been stuffed up the chimney for the last few weeks. Expect holiday product updates on the website late next week (retailers) and for consumers, on Etsy near the end of August. 

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Welcome to the year-long project of redesigning the website. I usually overextend (and overwhelm) myself with projects that I think I can do in ridiculously short amounts of time. The website being one of them. In it’s first launch I tried to learn Flash (lifelong learner here). That generation of learning and website never got finished, never made it on Google (thank Flash programming), and was just really pathetic in the end. Come last fall, I decided to redesign in Dreamweaver – which I’ve never touched before. And yes, I decided not to hire a programmer again, instead opting for the continued education. I know there are a plethora of designers out there that are shuddering at the thought, and even more programmers that are thinking, “This person is of the Devil. Those designers think they know it all!” I confess to …

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Every once in awhile I have the opportunity to design and print a graduation announcement. It’s always so enlivening to break from the traditional stiffened “Jostens foiled with school crest and ugly typeface.” I can hardly contain myself! Liza wanted to incorporate her school colors: orange and brown, and below is what ensued. Right before printing I received samples of blush colored paper. Although it was a little pinkish, I asked for some artistic liberty to try out. What do you think? She was excited, to say the least. This is also the first of many photos taken from a loaner Canon Digital Rebel Xsi with a 50mm fixed lens. The reason behind the loaner is that I want to make sure the money is well spent before taking the plunge on equipment I’m not familiar with. I’m thinking I might go …

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I’ve been working on a set of new stationery designs in between printing jobs through out June, and am just barely getting sketches scanned in. I like to use Illustration Friday as a starting point for sketching when my mind is drawing a blank and these came out of the topic “punchline.” I just kept thinking mosquitos because they’ll be out in force for the holiday tomorrow, and out of it came a lot of other bugs instead. Enjoy the sneak peak!

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